In recent years, there has been a growing call for a “Green New Deal,” styled after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, that includes massive new government efforts aimed at addressing climate change. Author Thomas Friedman is credited with coining the term back in 2007, but new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and others on the political left have recently driven the idea into the public discourse.
What Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and other have been fighting for is largely a new Congressional Committee that would be tasked with “decarbonizing” the economy. The Committee would need come up with a plan to get to 100% renewable electricity; to upgrade “every” building for energy efficiency; and to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing, agricultural, and other industries. The plan Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has put forward admits this will require a “massive” investment.
With minimal details from Democrats, Republicans have rushed in to give their version of what the Green New Deal would mean. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the Green New Deal is a “socialist fantasy” that will wreck our economy and fundamentally alter our way of life. Republicans say there is no way to meet Green New Deal goals without outlawing air travel, for example.
A February 15 editorial in the Wall Street Journal brings this argument to our region. It says New York is experiencing a “preview” of the Green New Deal, as Consolidated Edison recently announced it would not be accepting applications for new natural gas hookups in Westchester County because of government hostility to new pipeline projects. Appalachia is awash in natural gas, but that gas is being liquefied and shipped overseas to Chile, China, and India while getting it to New York has been a “strain,” according to the local utility.
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